Trinity Care Center tested all residents and staff for COVID-19 this week. A few employee test results are still pending.
Results from this week’s testing are as follows:
Trinity Care Center, Terrace and Suites – 0 positive residents/tenants, 0 positive employee
Trinity Care Center has now had two weeks free from COVID 19. Indoor visits will open up next week. Please call 651.460.1166 to start scheduling your visits. All visits will occur in a designated area of the building. Visits will allow for two visitors at one time, all visitors must be able to maintain PPE appropriately and follow direction.
Currently, vaccines are being distributed to adults 65 and older, educators, school staff, child care workers, health care workers, and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. If you qualify in one of the above categories, please check the state’s online vaccine locations map (https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/find-vaccine/locations/index.jsp) or contact your health care provider about appointment availability. Trinity Care Centers next vaccine clinic is on March 9th, Trinity Terrace and Trinity Suites next clinic is Thursday March 18th.
Minnesota continues to see new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as MN lessons the restrictions in public areas. The numbers of cases and attributable deaths are declining as vaccinations roll out. State and local health officials continue to stress social distancing, mask use, and frequent hand washing or sanitizing.
With vaccinations becoming more prevalent, and knowledge that vaccinations are providing a positive impact in reduction of active outbreaks; it is frustrating that use of PPE and visitation constraints must continue within our care centers. Until the CDC and MDH have supporting science to assure the spread of COVID-19 is reduced with vaccinations, we are required to maintain the same infection control protocol.
Since the start of the pandemic, 3,977 residents of Minnesota’s long term care facilities have died from COVID-19, accounting for 63% of the deaths from the virus statewide. However, last week, Minnesota recorded an average of just 64 new coronavirus cases per day in long-term care settings; the lowest the state has experienced since September! On Tuesday, MDH released more data showing that overall trends are improving, and not just in senior services communities. The state’s positivity rate of testing has fallen to 4%, the lowest rate since June! The rate had peaked at 15.5% in November amid an upsurge in cases.
The drop in new cases is a hopeful sign that the vaccines are starting to provide the protection we need and the infection control protocols put in place are working. Our staff continue to find creative ways to ensure social distancing does not stop social interaction.
Please remember with any holiday, we see an increase in visits. Please schedule your virtual or window visit by today with our activities department at 651.460.1166.
Our care centers next vaccine clinic is on March 9th, Trinity Terrace and Trinity Suites next clinic is next Thursday February 18th.
The CDC released a report that indicates a national average vaccination rate for care center residents of 77.8% and of care center staff, 37.5%. Minnesota is in a category with higher rates for both, with more than 80% of residents and more than 40% of staff. As of Wednesday of this week, 70,049 residents and staff of Minnesota’s long term care centers have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. We are conducting our second Moderna vaccine clinic next Tuesday for residents and staff! We will be hosting our 3rd clinic on March 9th, 2021.
We want to remind our friends and family that may be participating in Super Bowl activities to please social distance, wear a mask, and wash or sanitize your hands often.
Due to Trinity Care Center’s positive Covid result, indoor visits at TCC remains suspended until we have had two weeks free from Covid 19. However, we are able to re-initiate small group activities for our residents. The residents are eager for BINGO and Friday Happy hours!
This week, MDH health officials contacted a computerized random selection of Minnesotans aged 65 and up, who signed up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Unfortunately, with only 11,700 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to give away, many on this list will not receive the vaccine this week. If you were not contacted on Wednesday, your name will remain on the list for the next round of vaccine distributions. For staff and residents at our care center our next vaccination date is February 9th. For the Terrace and Suites, February 18th
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and like previous holidays throughout the COVID Pandemic, must be celebrated cautiously. MDH and CDC have not changed guidance regarding residents leaving our care centers during the pandemic. With any holiday this year, we have seen an increase of virtual visits requested. Please remember to plan ahead and schedule your virtual visit with activities as soon as possible. 651.460.1166.
This week, Minnesota is beginning a new COVID-19 vaccine pilot program. There will be nine vaccine sites that will serve persons 65 years of age and older as well as prek-12th grade educators, school staff, and child care workers. All appointments available for the nine sites were immediately booked. These sites will begin administering vaccines at the end of this week.
We are thrilled to see the enthusiasm and determination of our community to be vaccinated and help protect our most vulnerable from the COVID-19 virus. The CDC has released data proving that this Pandemic has disproportionately affected seniors. From May 2020 to August 2020, 78% of COVID-19 deaths were aged 65 and older. As a reminder, our care center will be hosting 3 separate clinics for vaccinations for our staff and residents. Any residents or staff members who were unable to attend the first clinic are encouraged to attend the 2nd and 3rd clinics for their free vaccinations. Our next clinic for Trinity Care Center is on February 9th, Trinity Terrace and Trinity Suites, February 18th.
Please be patient about changes in safety protocols as vaccinations roll out across Minnesota. Even though the vaccine is here, the virus is still being transmitted throughout our state and we need to continue to be cautious to protect the health and well-being of residents and staff.
Until we receive updated guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, we ask that everyone, even those not connected directly with our care center, continue infection prevention and control practices. Please wear a mask, wash your hands, don’t touch your face when you’re out and stay home if you’re feeling sick. These measures will help keep the positivity rate low and allow our care center to host safe and socially distanced visitation for residents.
The first rounds of the COVID 19 vaccinations were given this past Tuesday!! Hooray! We had a great day! Thank you to Bluestone Physicians for administering the vaccinations. No doses went to waste. A commonly asked question is: when can I see my loved one? The answer to this question: we are still awaiting direction from the Department of Health and the CDC.
Farmington Health Services, an affiliate of St. Francis Health Services of Morris (SFHS), is pleased to announce we were recently awarded a Minnesota Nursing Facility Performance-based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP) grant by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) focused on preventing falls. The initiative for fall prevention and fall reduction began January 1, 2021 and will continue through December 31, 2022 within our care center and related SFHS’ skilled nursing care centers.
The Falls Prevention Project will provide our care center with additional resources to make positive system improvements to prevent falls for individuals receiving services that is focused on each individual’s preferences and needs. This program will have three components; expanding falls prevention and person centered education, implementing Safe Being technology, and increasing exercise program opportunities.
The education component of the Falls Prevention Project comes to us with a new partnership with Pioneer Network to expand our work force knowledge of Person Centered/Directed care. Pioneer Network is the national leader for culture change that advocates and builds a culture of aging where individual choices are respected and fosters care that is directed by the person receiving it. Staff will learn how to better address needs and lifestyle choices to reduce an individual receiving services’ risk for falls.
In the second part of our Falls Prevention Project, we will be installing Safe Being technology in our care centers. The Safe Being system provides the capability for real time remote monitoring while respecting the person’s privacy. Safe Being uses a watch-like device that provides data on lifestyles and daily activities and interprets gestures identifying how/when a resident is moving, eating, drinking and sleeping. Each person wearing the device will send an alert when there is a change in status or has been identified as being at risk for a potential fall or has fallen.
The third component of the Falls Prevention Project will be increasing exercise program opportunities such as Bingocize and Otago to improve strength, flexibility, and balance to help reduce falls.
The Falls Prevention Project is intended to build sustainable practices throughout our care center beyond the original two year grant period. SFHS is a faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization. In addition to their skilled nursing care centers, they offer a variety of services that include customized/assisted living, a full range of therapies, senior housing, transitional and skilled nursing care, and behavioral and residential programs throughout the State of Minnesota.
Trinity Terrace and Trinity Suites remain COVID-free. We’ve had no positive employees or tenants.
With that great news, we will resume visits next week! Our visits will be similar to how we operated this past summer except will be indoors. Please ensure you wear your mask and don’t visit if you are feeling ill.
Contact Dorothy 651.460.3013 at the Terrace to set up visits.
Contact Kelly 651.252.2079 to set up visits at the Suites.
We are bringing in the New Year with new hope and excitement. We have been scheduled for our first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Our first vaccine clinic will be on 1/21/2021. Followed by our 2nd clinic on 2/18/21.
We have prepared a Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand why the vaccine is so important in defeating COVID-19. You can find this along with the Moderna Fact Sheet, on our website at sfhs.org/resources/covid-19/. If you have any other concerns or questions, please contact Jackie Brula, Director of Housing & Homecare.
We will continue following our infection prevention and control practices along with the latest guidance from MDH and CDC regarding safe visiting for our residents. We will continue regular communication with our residents, friends and family on our COVID response, visitation guidelines and testing results.
Farmington Health Services tested all residents and staff for COVID-19 this week. Employee test results are still pending.
Results from this week’s testing are below.
Trinity Care Center – 0 positive residents, 2 positive employees, 1 positive healthcare contractor
We will administer our first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in our care center next Tuesday January 12th. Our next vaccine clinic will be on February 9th.
We have prepared a Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand why the vaccine is so important in defeating COVID-19. You can find this along with the Moderna Fact Sheet, on our website at sfhs.org/resources/covid-19/. If you have any other concerns or questions, please contact us.
We will continue following our infection prevention and control practices along with the latest guidance from MDH and CDC regarding safe visiting for our residents. As of today, our care center remains under quarantine. Once we remain covid free for two weeks we can resume visitations.